CDM 2015 Principal Designer, October 2015

CDM 2015 Principal designer changes – Don’t miss the date!

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force on 6 April 2015. A main change in CDM 2015 was to do away with the role of CDM Coordinator, moving the responsibility for the coordination of health and safety to the Principal Designer.

In recognition of the fact that there would be construction projects that would have started before CDM 2015 came into force on 6 April, but would continue for some time after that date, the new rules introduced transitional arrangements, one of which concerned the appointment of the CDM Coordinator. Under these transitional arrangements, if a CDM Coordinator had been appointed by the Client before 6 April 2015, then the Client was required to appoint a Principal Designer to replace the CDM Coordinator by 6 October 2015, unless the project has come to an end before that date. Continue reading

February Newsletter – Health and Safety

Follow this link to see a copy of the February newsletter on health and safety matters. In this month’s issue, there is a reminder that the new CDM Regulations will be with us soon. There is an article on some recent work-related manslaughter prosecutions and also a short case study of how we helped someone facing Enforcement Action as well as information on Face Fit Testing, and on Occupational Road Risk. Please follow the links for more information.

Please share any ideas you have for future articles or subjects that you would like to see covered .

The February 2015 issue of our Health and Safety Newsletter contains information on:

  • CDM 2015, the new Regulations
  • LRB Consulting: Big enough to cope, small enough to care
  • Work related manslaughter – in the news again
  • Getting CHAS, Safecontractor or other accreditations – do you need help?
  • Case study: Help with Enforcement Action
  • Face Fitting of masks

  • Q&A on Occupational Road Risk
  • Testimonials -

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Health and Safety Newsletter for Jan 2015

Follow this link to see a copy of this months health and safety newsletter. This is our first Health and Safety Newsletter for a brand new year.

If you have ideas for future articles or subjects that you would like to see covered this year, please let me know.

We look forward to supporting you through the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead and we want 2015 to be a great year for all of us

The Health and Safety Newsletter contains information on:

  • A welcome to 2015
  • Upcoming health and safety training, including warehouse training
  • Ten asbestos facts
  • Cold weather working
  • Competent health and safety advice
  • Links to the new draft CDM 2015 Regulations
  • Electrical Safety

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USA Seminars on Understanding Workplace Health and Safety

I am privileged to let you know that I will be delivering a series of USA Seminars on Understanding Workplace Health and Safety.

The central theme of these seminars is the importance of good standards of health and safety to a business. Consideration is given to costs of failure (both in terms of financial loss to the company and personal loss to those who suffer harm).

The important driving forces for health and safety for companies and for individuals are considered and the importance of these driving forces is returned to through the two days of the seminar to reinforce their importance in the minds of the delegates. Consideration is given to why this is important and how it is to be implemented. The conceptual “Barrier” model is used to help delegates to pull the various strands of health and safety together in a simple and meaningful manner. This model links hazards and risks, through the risk assessment process to accident causation and on into accident prevention. The derivation of avoidance, control and mitigation steps is considered for risk assessment and related to the Barrier Model.

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Warehouse Safety Webinar from LRB Health and Safety

I am delivering a Webinar on Warehouse Safety – follow this link for details

Warehouse Safety Webinar – Overview:

Warehouses are dangerous places – with lots going on in them and lots of opportunity for serious injury and for fatal accidents. However, warehouse safety need not be difficult and this seminar will help you to understand how to do it properly. As many different types of businesses have storage and warehouse facilities as an integral and important part of their operation, warehouse safety is an important issue. These may be very busy places at all times (such as in a logistics operation) or they may be quiet for many hours a day, but have periods of intense activity. Warehouses can be dangerous places and people do get hurt in them in several ways. Many of the injuries suffered can be avoided by taking health and safety seriously and by taking some simple steps to ensure warehouse safety; all derived from simple risk assessments.

There are numerous opportunities for harm to workers in warehouse operations. Workers can be injured or killed by:

  • Moving vehicles (delivery vehicles and also site vehicles, such as lift trucks)
  • Overturning vehicles (especially lift trucks)
  • Falling stored goods (from racking)
  • Toppling pallets and loads
  • Manual handling operations
  • Slips trips and falls from poor housekeeping, poor lighting, adverse weather, poor terrain, etc
  • Exposure to hazardous substances
  • Exposure to adverse weather (too much UV exposure, or cold conditions)

This Warehouse Safety Webinar discusses some of the methods for controlling these hazards, generally through the principles of implementing suitable control measures following on from a Risk Assessment. Continue reading

International Health and Safety Training

Over the last year, I have become more involved in the delivery of international health and safety training courses. Much of this has been training delivered in the Gulf Region (including Dubai (in the United Arab Emirates) and in Oman), with a series of Webinars providing health and safety training services into the American Market. This international health and safety training is in addition to the work that I continue to do in the United Kingdom.

International Health and Safety Training Courses for 2015

Looking forward to the New year, there are several Health and Safety Training courses planned for delivery in Dubai and also a small American seminar tour, with two-day training courses organised for San Francisco (California, USA) and for Richmond (Virginia, USA). The number of courses to be delivered in the Gulf Region has not been finalised at present, but new opportunities are arising on a reasonably regular basis.

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New Year’s Health and Safety Resolutions – are you making any?

I’m sure that you are more than aware that this year is now running towards its end and that 2015 beckons. Traditionally, this is a time for people to think about the future:

  • What will next year bring?
  • Are  you ready for it?
  • How will you respond to it?
  • How will you make the very bet of it?

At New Year, many people make resolutions to change – their lifestyle, attitude, eating habits, etc.

Do businesses? Do the people who run businesses?

This year, why not make a resolution to “do safety better”. I do not mean that you should spend unnecessary sums of money or to carry out unnecessary training or risk assessments. I mean “to think about safety and make some simple, low cost changes for the better”.

Here are some simple starters for you and your New Year’s Health and Safety Resolutions:

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COSHH for Chemists Webinar from LRB Health and Safety

I have recently agreed to deliver a COSHH for Chemists Webinar for the Royal Society of Chemistry.

You are welcome to sign up and see what I have to say about this subject – RCS Webinar Link

Date and time - 26 November 2014 – 12 pm (UK time)

Brief outline of the COSHH Webinar content:

We will look at an understanding of the hazards posed by chemicals and substances in the workplace and the ways in which these risks can be controlled and managed.

We will consider the principles of COSHH, the risk assessment process and examples of types of control measures that can be used.

By attending this webinar, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of COSHH and its place in UK health and safety law
  • Learn about the hazards associated with substances
  • Take away practical tips on how to avoid ill health and injury arising from contact with substances
  • Have a range of ideas on how to carry out your own COSHH assessment

Michael Ellerby, Health and Safety Director  COSHH Webinar for the RSC  COSHH and GHS

Work at Height Prosecutions, April 2014

Most work at height prosecutions are avoidable (by taking sensible and appropriate measures). A roofing firm and its managing director have been fined after they allowed workers onto a house roof to use a jet washer without safety measures in place.

After being alerted by a member of the public, the HSE visited the premises on the same day and issued a Prohibition Notice ordering the workers from IQRS to come down until appropriate precautions were in place (such as scaffolding). This has added to the list of work at height prosecutions. Continue reading